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Soft Gumdrop Cookies

on January 9, 2015

Believe it or not, I have some gumdrops to use up from a Christmas craft that didn’t get done. I was going to make some gumdrop ornaments that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time (it was a Martha Stewart craft). You don’t really see gumdrops around anymore, but I was shopping and happened to find some. Well, the craft didn’t get done and when looking through some recipes, I found this one that comes from one of Grandma’s sisters. So appropriate – Soft Gum Drop Cookies – and it uses the big gumdrops, which is what I have. I don’t think I would ever buy gumdrops to make these intentionally, so as long as I have the gumdrops, let’s give it a try.

Soft Gum Drop Cookies

I wouldn’t call these cookies – they’re bar shaped.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Soft Gum Drop Cookies

Mix together in order given:

4 eggs

2 1/4 cups light brown sugar

2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup nuts, chopped (I used pecans)

Fold into mixture:

18 gumdrops, cut in pieces (I cut them into 4 and used a few extra gumdrops – 25 of them)

Spread in jelly roll pan, making batter 1/4″ thick.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (I don’t know what it is with these sisters – no temp given). I would try baking at 325  next time because the edges got a bit too dark and crunchy.

Cut into bars and dust with powdered sugar (they are easier to cut when warm).

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These bigger gumdrops are the fruity kind, not the spicy ones.

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I separated the cut pieces before folding them into the batter.

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It looks like there’s not enough batter to fill the jelly roll pan, but I found that using a small offset spatula really helped to spread it.

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I cut these into rectangular shaped bars for something a little different.

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There we go – gumdrops all used up and in a most delightful way. Kids will love these. The colors fade a bit after baking, but you still get a fruity bite in every bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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